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Who Do You Think They Were ?

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A hundred and seventy years ago in the North Yorkshire market town of Masham , two small businesses operated next door to each other in the Market Square. Mary Rapper ran a sweet shop, while Mr Thomas Stott worked as a saddler and harness maker.  Both traded in the Market Square in the 1830s, these activities carrying on for the next twenty years. They were Neighbours, but were they Good Friends? We shall never know, but they could not fail to be aware of each other’s existence. May be the Stott’s young son Edward sometimes ran next door to buy sweets from Mary Rapper.
 
What neither family could know was that they were to become the ancestors of a future Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, who would face each other across the benches of the House of Commons in the twentieth first century. 
The niece of Mary Rapper, another Mary Rapper married Mr Thomas John Johnson, the great- great- great grandfather of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.  Thomas Stott was to be the great-great- grandfather of Jeremy Corbyn. May be these two Toms sometimes shared a convivial pint together in the village pub. It is well known that Boris has Turkish ancestry and the name Johnson did not appear again for three generations, when it was taken up by his dad, Stanley, whose father’s name was Osman Kemal. 
Who’d have thought it? The question “Who Do You Think You Are” takes on a new dimension, with this unlikely pairing. 

In the nineteen sixties I worked in London stores. Worked as an Insurance Clerk in the City of London during the nineteen seventies. Divorced in the nineteen nineties. Now I am a retired Civil Servant, managing home and garden and escaping onto social media whenever possible.

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Virtual St Patrick celebrations in London

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Last year’s St Patrick’s Day in Trafalgar Square was canceled at the last moment but this year there was time to prepare an online alternative. As we have said on other occasions, a positive thing about the pandemic is that it has allowed us to participate in events in other countries as well. You can participate in St. Patrick’s Day at this link, from 4pm  from 5pm, obviously on March 17th. Free event.

The theme of the event is “London Le Chéile”, which is the Irishman of “London Together”, which captures the spirit of collaboration, creativity and community shown by the Irish in London during the pandemic.

Streaming begins at 4pm with three hours of culture and Irish, with storytelling, film, music, dance, language and entertainment. From 7pm the event goes fully live with presenter Angela Scanlon, who will host conversations with Imelda May, Richard Corrigan, Emma Dabiri, Siobhan McSweeney and others.

Viewers will also get to know Irish people doing cool things in London and will enjoy exclusive performances by talented Irish artists in the city. The Irish Ambassador and London Mayor Sadiq Khan will also participate.

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London Theatre: Back to the Future the Musical

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From 21 June 2021 the musical Back to the Future will start in London, which as the title says is the theatrical and musical version of the famous film.

The musical is expected to remain in London until at least February 13, 2022. The show lasts two hours and 40 minutes and is located at the Adelphi Theater Strand, London, WC2R 0NS

The beloved 1985 film Back to the Future was a huge success and eventually produced two more films, a television series, a ride in a theme park and video games. In addition to being the highest-grossing film of the year, Back to the Future was honored with numerous Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations as well as a Hugo Award, a Saturn Award and an Academy Award. You may never have thought of wanting to see a musical from this famous film, but now that you know that it exists, you may want to.

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London Theatre: The Tina Turner Musical

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The musical Tina returns to London for at least a year, in fact you can book tickets from 21 June 2021 to 26 June 2022. The musical will be at the Aldwych Theater 49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF in central London.

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock and grew up in Nutbush, Tennessee. From humble beginnings Tina has managed to become a star and has sold more concert tickets than any other solo artist. The musical tells about her life and the ups and downs of her long career, you will hear many songs you know.

She began in the 1960s with her then husband Ike Turner, she became known for hits like A Fool in Love, River Deep – Mountain High and Proud Mary. After her abusive marriage ended, Tina rebuilt her career and staged a big solo comeback in the mid-1980s. In 1984, her fifth solo album, Private Dancer, became a worldwide success.

The musical was a huge hit in the UK during its West End premiere. Now it finally returns after the pandemic. The whole musical lasts three hours with an intermission in between.

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